Graham Sustainability Institute

Thomas Lyon

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Dow Prof of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce
Associate Director for Social Science & Policy - Energy Institute
  • Business (Ross)
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Office of Research
    • Energy Institute

Professor Lyon is a leader in using economic analysis to understand corporate environmental strategy and how it is shaped by emerging government regulations, non-governmental organizations, and consumer demands.  His book Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy, published by Cambridge University Press, is the first rigorous economic analysis of this increasingly important topic.   Professor Lyon earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and his doctorate at Stanford University.  His current research focuses on renewable energy policy, corporate environmental information disclosure, greenwash, ecolabeling, and voluntary programs for environmental improvement.  

Current sustainability courses taught

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

Clean Water and SanitationAffordable and Clean EnergyResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionLife on Land


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Education Programs
    • Dow Programs
      • Distinguished Awards
        • Seed Grantee
      • Distinguished Faculty Fellow
      • Doctoral Advisor
      • Postdoctoral Advisor
    • Reviewer
  • General
    • Event Participant
      • Presenter
    • Small Grant Recipient
  • Water Center
    • Event Participant
      • WC Lunches